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Today's News

  • Vigil honors victims of opioid crisis

    SHALLOTTE — Since the Oct. 10, 2012, opioid overdose death of his 33-year-old son, Patrick Atkinson, Rocky Atkinson of Supply said his sobbing has been reduced to occasional crying — but the pain of the loss never, ever leaves him or his wife Dulce.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 27

    Identity theft using the victim’s personal information to open accounts and incur $2,750 in debt.

    Simple assault by striking the victim in the face with an open palm in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly shopping Center at 112 Village Road.

  • County unemployment rate dips back below 5 percent in July

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate turned back in the right direction in July with a drop to 4.9 percent.

    It was only one-tenth of a point less than June’s 5 percent unemployment, which ended upward trend after the county’s unemployment declined for the first five months of the year.

    The unemployment numbers for 2018 in Brunswick County began at 6.9 percent in January and fell to 6.4 percent in February, 5.6 percent in March, 4.7 percent for April and 4.6 percent in May.

  • Lawyers file suit against Chemours over GenX

    Southern Environmental Law Center lawyers are suing The Chemours Co. on behalf of Cape Fear River Watch.

    Chemours is the maker of GenX, the contaminant found in the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department use for drinking water.

  • Man pays tribute to organ-donor brother who died on police ride

    CAROLINA SHORES — It was a sunny Monday on May 9, 2016, as Jerry Franklin arrived at the start of the 20th Annual Police Unity Tour to transport and see off his brother Joe, a retired police officer and lieutenant with the Roxbury, N.J., Police Department for 25 years.

    Joe, an avid bicyclist who had just turned 57 two weeks earlier, was one of hundreds of riders taking part in the annual 320-mile New Jersey-to-Washington, D.C., bicycle trek to raise funds and awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

  • Municipalities granted PARTF funds for parks

    By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    Three Brunswick County municipalities are among 27 recipients statewide that have been awarded more than $6.7 million in matched-grant funding for local parks and recreation projects.

    The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority approved the grants at its Aug. 24 meeting in Raleigh.

    Awards include $498,900 for Ocean Isle Beach Town Park, $147,332 for the future Calabash Waterfront Park and $208,000 for redevelopment of Robert Muse Memorial Park in Boiling Spring Lakes.

  • Nonprofit profile: Rolling Thunder

    Grand Strand Chapter 3 SC

    President: Walt Koren

    P.O. Box 370

    North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

    (843) 503-6590

    Meets at 2:30 p.m. alternating third Sundays at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River, S.C., and VFW Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    www.rollingthundergrandstrand.com

    Chapter 3 NC

    President: Jacqueline Braun

    P.O. Box 3726

    Wilmington, NC 28406

    (910) 520-9269

  • CANCELED: local 9/11 observances

    Next Tuesday, Sept. 11, marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on United States landmarks.

    Local ceremonies and events will once again pay tribute, including in Brunswick County.

    Bob Gustavson, longtime 9/11 coordinator for the FDNY-Carolinas Retirees Association, said the group as it does annually is hosting or participating in 9/11 events to remember the tragic events that befell the country on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these following arrests. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 27

    Robin Rose Filpski, 61, of East Main Street was arrested on a charge of resist, delay and obstruct.

    Aug. 28

    Andrew Cruga, 47, of Lacota Road was arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

    Aug. 30

    Mark Huelle, 48, of Clubhouse Road was arrested for stealing a case of beer from Food Lion.

    Aug. 31

  • Prosecutors need tools to protect Americans from violent offenders

    By Robert J. Higdon Jr.

    Guest Columnist

    Nothing federal prosecutors do is more important than protecting our fellow Americans from violence. In recent years, however, we have lost one of the most important tools we use to protect our communities: the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). Only Congress can restore the ACCA to help us keep our neighborhoods safe.